Nov 26 2019
Nov 26

While a country may have the best infrastructure and the best doctors, what pulls back the healthcare industry is the technical lag when it comes to web technology.

Drupal is considered one of the most extensible and secure content management system (CMS) in the healthcare sector.

But, what is it about Drupal that leading health organizations choose this platform? How has Drupal evolved to help healthcare? Let’s find out in this blog post!

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Customizable and personalized

Being an open and free source CMS, Drupal comes with thousands of modules and themes. This gives you the flexibility to customize it according to your business requirements. It also has the capability to deliver personalized data to patients and physicians online.

Integration with third-party apps

Drupal is a real powerhouse when it comes to third-party integrations.

Integrating Drupal with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, can prove to be beneficial as it protects data and prevents duplicacy of content.

It helps share information with patients in a secure manner that helps efficiently reduce errors and diagnose patients.

Multilingual capabilities

With medical tourism getting popular, your website needs to be able to deliver multilingual content targeted to specific geographic locales.

Drupal provides healthcare websites with a better scope of communication with the patients. It offers 4 easy modules to translate the website into more than 94 languages and also helps you develop custom languages that are not available in Drupal.

Did you know? Drupal 8 is packed with multiple features! To know how it is beneficial for your business, read our blog.

Drupal is secure

According to HIPAA Journal, the industry experienced about 2,181 healthcare data breaches (2009-2017) involving more than 500 records.

Hospitals store humongous amounts of data and digital assets. Since Drupal is known to be popular for its secure and robust performance, it proves to be the chosen platform for the healthcare industry.

Mobile-first design

With 61.2% of the population involved in using mobiles and tablets in the US, it is important for your business to have a medical-based website with all the relevant information.

Drupal, when incorporated with mobile-friendly themes, works well for almost all devices to provide a better mobile experience. It enables healthcare organizations to maintain records, set up online profiles, and more.

Changes in workflow

Since Drupal is a highly flexible platform, it can conform to any workflow with minimal configurations. It supports a configurable workflow system that can be programmed and administratively overwritten.

To sum up

Drupal is an open-source CMS, flexible, and robust. Given its wide array of features, it is the right choice for the healthcare sector.

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Sep 09 2019
Sep 09

With Drupal 9 stated to be released in June 2020, the Drupal community has around 11 months to go. So, before it maps out a transition plan, now is the time to discuss what to expect from Drupal 9.

Switch to Drupal 9

You must be wondering:

Is Drupal 9 a reasonable plan for you?

Is it easy to migrate from recent Drupal versions to the new one?

This blog post has all your questions answered.

Let’s see the major changes in Drupal 9

The latest version of Drupal is said to be built on Drupal 8 and the migration will be far easy this time.

  • Updated dependencies version so that they can be supported
  • Removal of deprecated code before release

The foremost update to be made in Drupal 9 is Symfony 4 or 5 and the team is working hard for its implementation.

Planning to Move to Drupal 9?

With the release of Drupal 8.7 in 2019, it has optionally supported Twig 2 that has helped developers start testing their code against the version of Twig. Drupal 8.8 will virtually support the recent version of Symfony. Ideally, the Drupal community would like to release Drupal 9 with support for Symfony 5, that is to be released at the end of 2019.

Drupal 9

If you are already using Drupal 8, the best advice is to keep your site up to date. Drupal 9 is an updated version of Drupal 8 with the updates for third-party dependencies and depreciated code removed.

Ensure that you are not using any deprecated APIs and modules and wherever possible use the recent versions of dependencies. If you do that, your upgrade experience will not encounter any problems.

Since Drupal 9 is being built within version 8, developers will have the choice to test their code and make updates before the release of Drupal 9. This is an outstanding update and was not possible with the previous versions of Drupal!

So, where are you in the Drupal journey?

Here are some scenarios to support your migration process:

Are you on Drupal 6?

You are way behind! . We strongly suggest you move to Drupal 8 as soon as you can. Migration from 8 to 9 will be straight forward. Drupal 8 includes migration facilitations for Drupal 6 which probably won’t be included in Drupal 9. While there is a possibility that there might be some contribution modules available, but it is better to be safe.

Are you on Drupal 7?

Both Drupal 7 and 8 support will end by 2021. Since the release of Drupal 9 is set for June 2020, you should plan your upgrade and go live. If not migrated by the required time, your website may be vulnerable to security threats. Since Drupal 7 to 9 are similar to new development, you just need to consider the timeline involved.

Are you on Drupal 8?

Great work if you are already on Drupal 8! For you, it would be easier to move to the next major version with zero effort.

The big difference between the last version of Drupal 8 and the first order of Drupal 9 is that of deprecated code being removed. You just need to check that your themes, modules, and profiles don’t include any such code. So, there’s no need to worry about migrating your content at all!

Want to know more about Drupal and its migration process?

About Drupal Sun

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  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

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